Match Preview: Fenerbahce 2-2 Antwerp Predictions and Betting Tips 21.10.2021

Fenerbahce – Antwerp Predictions & Tips For Today, October 21, 2021.

League: Europa League – Group Stage – Round 3
Match: 17:45 Fenerbahce – Antwerp
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odd: 1.44
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 2:2 LOST

Fenerbahce – Antwerp Match Preview

  • The current makeup of UEFA Europa League (UEL) Group D gives this clash the feel of an early dogfight against elimination. While third-placed Fenerbahçe have a point to prove after losing at the weekend, they haven’t lost back-to-back competitive games (90 min. only) since July 2020, and have additionally progressed from a UEL group in each of their last six attempts.
  • A 3-0 home loss to Olympiacos in Fenerbahçe’s latest UEL fixture halted their unbeaten run at this venue in the competition proper at 12 games (W9, D3). Here, starting off with just the basics may help restore some pride, especially with the Turkish giants managing 11 first-half clean sheets in their last 13 home matches within the UEL proper.
  • Ahead of Royal Antwerp’s first ever clash with Fenerbahçe, memories of their 1993 European Cup Winners’ Cup final appearance grow ever more distant. The Belgian outfit have started this UEL group campaign with single-goal margin losses, and their frustration is magnified further still, as they’ve conceded the decisive goal beyond the 85th minute each time.
  • Despite such poor continental resilience of late, it should be noted that Antwerp haven’t conceded before half-time in any of their previous eight UEL group stage matches. This may inspire them to halt an existing run of four straight UEL away defeats (including qualifiers), of which three saw them lose the second half by at least a two-goal margin.
  • Players to watch: Still yet to lose in any goalscoring appearance in the UEL proper (W2, D1) Mesut Özil accounts for Fenerbahçe’s lone goal in the group stage so far. Meanwhile, Antwerp’s Michael Frey faces his old employers, for whom he once scored two UEL campaign goals in Turkish-versus-Belgian combat, each arriving after half-time.
  • Hot stat: Including qualifiers, five of Fenerbahçe’s last six UEL clean sheets at home have also seen a 0-0 half-time scoreline.